Welcome back drummers to Episode 30, today we are sitting down with Tosh Peterson, better known as Tosh The Drummer. Tosh is a very diverse independent drummer who plays with a multitude of bands and even at a young age has a strong following via his Instagram channel (@toshthedrummer).
Tosh has developed a lot of his chops on his own but has been very fortunate to receive lessons from some of the best drummers in the industry. Tosh is endorsed by Thump Drums, Destroy A Drum Clothes, Fusion Bags, GoPro Cameras, Kbrakes, Kick Strap, Knockout Beaters, Vic Firth Drum Sticks.
6:00-15:00 Tosh takes us to where it all began, being influenced by his dad, who was a drummer himself and who also gave him his first drum kit at a very early age. From then on Tosh played anything he could on drums even recordings of drum machines. Tosh started to practice gospel chops and tried to play some Thomas Pridgen fills during his journey. Kevin mentions that by reaching out and posting a video on Instagram, Tosh was able to meet and take his first lesson with Thomas that would ignite a strong connection through drumming.
15:00-21:00 Tosh now goes a little more into how he developed his own voice. It all came from just wanting to be a better drummer himself, and not be good at playing what someone else already has. Tosh mentions that at the end of the day his voice hasn’t come from trying to play what he heard, but more from playing what he wants to hear. This has really made Tosh stand out and apart of standing out is releasing good quality videos, Tosh explains how he has cut down to recording about 3 minutes a day as opposed to recording his whole practice sessions, then searching for the perfect clip. Richard and Tosh speak on how this helps not only improve the quality, but it allows for more videos being uploaded, and more time to practice.
21:00 – 27:00 Tosh gets asked the important question, what kind of practice routines is he doing? For Tosh, since he found his arms and legs hurting in the past, he has developed his own warm up routine to deflect the pain and get his arms and legs ready. Most of his practice time is spent trying to learn something he didn’t do the day before, and always with the metronome on. From there, his practice consists of learning any music he has for upcoming shows or trying new ways to incorporate licks into grooves.
27:00- 38:00 Tosh breaks down for us what kit he plays on. Tosh keeps it simple yet unique with four-piece custom made Thump Drum kit. Although not many drums in the kit, it’s the sizes that really make these drop one of a kind, and with a plethora of snares to switch from it makes finding the perfect sound for the gig effortless. Tosh likes to keep the cymbals consistent with Zildjian Cymbals all around his kit while using low volume cymbals to create some interesting stacks to add effects to the entire set-up.
38:00 -51:00 RAPID SINGLES!
1. What was holding you back from being a successful drummer? Tosh said not having a smartphone to post videos
2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another drummer? “Don’t care, just play!” One of the first couple things Thomas Pridgen told him in a lesson
3. What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? Tosh says being competitive against himself, he always wants to be better than he was the day before.
4. What is a tool you need to survive as a drummer? Socks and his Vic Firth Metal End drumsticks!
5. If you could recommend one (drumming) book what would it be? Jake Reed http://jakereedmusic.com/store/jazz-drumset-etudes-vol-1
6. imagine you woke up tomorrow in a world exactly like ours, you still had all the same knowledge and talent that you have as a drummer but you know no one. All you have is $500, a smartphone, and small portable drum set. What would you do first? Get back on Instagram and start posting videos.
51:00 – 58:20 Tosh ends the Show with some shout outs to everyone who has helped him through his musical journey on the drums. Tosh thanks his dad, and his family for allowing him to make noise in the living room for years, his Instagram followers, his endorsers, Connor Dennis, Thomas Pridgen, Jake Reed, and anyone who has every helped him along the way.
That’s going to end it for the show this week, and this year. Tosh Peterson is a drummer who is wise beyond his years, and at fifteen Tosh has become a very distinctive talented drummer. Not all drummers are as focused and driven as Tosh. Keep an eye out in the years to come as he is a drummer who will be taking the industry by storm.
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